CU-Boulder co-leading new severe weather research consortium

By: InnovatioNews Friday December 26, 2014 0 comments Tags: Adam Houston, Boulder, Brian Argrow, CIRES, CU-Boulder, Eric Frew, NOAA, UAS


University of Colorado logoBOULDER -Scientists at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have formed a new research consortium to study severe weather.

The Unmanned Aircraft System and Severe Storms Research Group (USSRG) builds on a partnership formed in 2006, when CU's Brian Argrow and Eric Frew - both aerospace engineers with expertise in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) - began working with UNL atmospheric scientist Adam Houston.

"For most of the past decade, CU-Boulder's UAS research group has collaborated closely with Dr. Houston and his UNL severe storm research group," said Argrow.

"Our creation of the new consortium establishes a forum to productively engage current and future collaborators with whom we will work to use UAS to better understand the origins and evolution of severe storms, and to potentially revolutionize severe storm forecasting and warning systems."

Past collaboration between the two universities led to the first direct sampling of a thunderstorm system by a UAS in 2009.

The consortium also includes the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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